Xiaomi debuts two new Android One phones – Mi A2 & Mi A2 Lite

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When it comes to Android One, Google’s lean OS for cheaper devices, the options are a little sparse. Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi took a step at alleviating that with the addition of two new devices with the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite.

The pair is currently set for release in select European countries, but no word on whether South Africa will be added to the list at this stage. The only other African country set to receive the devices is Egypt.

The Mi A2 and A2 Lite are part of a trio of Android One phones that Xiaomi has revealed lately, with the A1 launched as an India-exclusive recently.

So what specs are they sporting?

The A2 has a 5.99″ HD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, as well as 4GB and 6GB RAM options depending on the model. On the camera side of things, a dual camera (12MP and 20MP) setup in on the rear with a 20MP shooter up front.

The A2 Lite is not overly less specced with a 5.84″ notched Full HD screen, Snapdragon 625 processor and 4 000mAh battery. A dual camera setup is present as well, with 12MP and 5MP lenses, as well as a 5MP front-facing option.

Xiaomi’s recommended pricing in Europe for the Mi A2 is €249 (~R3 888) and Mi A2 Lite is €179 (~R2 795) depending on the country.

With the entry-level and lower mid-range markets as competitive as ever when it comes to choice of device, it should prove interesting to see if Xiaomi’s new Android One offerings will entice consumers.


Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.